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March 31, 2021

How can technical assistance help coffee producers defend against pests & diseases?

January 12, 2021

Exploring Yield & Profitability For Coffee Farmers

January 8, 2021

How Can Producers Define Sensory Profiles For Their Coffees?

November 30, 2020

How Can Digitalisation Improve Profitability On Coffee Farms?

November 24, 2020

A Guide To Coffee Drying

April 15, 2021

Why is affordable finance so important for coffee producers?

Coffee producers around the world have long been faced with a raft of financial challenges. Many of these can be traced back to low or unstable coffee prices, but unfortunately, it is not always as simple as just paying farmers more.  The world of finance is complex enough before we consider the fact that coffee is a seasonal crop that requires investment in labour and equipment to harvest and sell.… read more

Coffee producers around the world have long been faced with a raft of financial challenges. Many of these can be traced back to low or unstable coffee prices, but unfortunately, it is not always as simple as just paying farmers… read more

May 10, 2018

The Guatemalan Young Entrepreneurs Creating a Stronger Coffee Industry

Guatemalan coffee producers face many challenges, but a group of young entrepreneurs are teaming up to find solutions. Low coffee prices, marketing, areas of opportunity...

May 4, 2018

Vietnamese Coffee & The Path Towards High-Quality Arabica

You might not know it, but Vietnam is a coffee giant. The question is: with only Brazil exceeding it in production, why is Vietnam so...

April 18, 2018

What Is a Coffee Cooperative & How Does It Support Producers?

Across the world, you’ll find coffee being produced, processed, and sold in cooperatives. But what is a coffee cooperative? How does it work? And how...

April 2, 2018

Micro Lot Coffee: How to Limit Risk & Improve Quality

Micro lots are the golden child of the specialty industry. For buyers and consumers, they signify exceptional-quality coffees with distinctive flavour and aroma profiles that...

March 6, 2018

A Coffee Buyer’s Guide to Huila, Colombia

There are few countries more famous for their coffee than Colombia. And within Colombia, no region produces more coffee than Huila, a mountainous department lying...

March 1, 2018

Could Zimbabwean Coffee Once Again Be on Specialty Menus?

Zimbabwean coffee was once known for its high-quality, sweet, citric, chocolatey profile. But it’s been almost 20 years since it all but disappeared from the...

February 26, 2018

What a Coffee Producer Thinks When Harvest Begins

With the approach of the coffee harvest comes mixed feelings. Many producers, like my family, are excited to see the result of our year’s hard...

February 22, 2018

Beyond Manila: Drinking Specialty Coffee Across The Philippines

Imagine resting near the pool of a beautiful waterfall, enjoying a serene lagoon or lounging under the shade of palm trees on your favorite beach....

February 8, 2018

How Much Does Your Coffee Actually Cost to Produce?

Rural producers lifting themselves and their communities out of poverty through coffee production: it’s a romantic idea. And it’s easy to feel skeptical when we...

February 7, 2018

A Day in a Coffee Producer’s Life

For coffee farms across Central America, it’s their busiest time of the year right now. That’s right, it’s the harvest period. But what does a...

February 1, 2018

The Reality of Producing Specialty Coffee on Tiny Farms

Imagine owning a farm so small that you cannot receive practical help – even though, with the low profit margins and high costs of coffee...

January 5, 2018

From Tinto to Pasado: Coffee Brewing in Latin America

Drinking coffee, in Latin America, is not just about a quick caffeine fix. It is a rite that forms part of our identity. We teach...

December 22, 2017

The Entrepreneurs Helping to Cultivate Colombia’s Coffee Industry

A few days ago, I spoke to a group of rural entrepreneurs in Huila, Colombia, many of whom were smallholder coffee producers. As I stood...

December 14, 2017

A Roaster’s & Coffee Buyer’s Guide to Rwandan Beans

Rwanda: this small East African country should not be overlooked by roasters and coffee lovers. Known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, its production...

December 7, 2017

Specialty vs Commodity: How Yield, Quality, & Prices Interact

Coffee prices are complex, whether they’re specialty or commodity. Profit margins are even more so. Yield, quality, supply and demand, and harvest conditions all affect...

November 29, 2017

The Story Behind Costa Rica’s Disappearing Coffee Farms

People tell me that, once, my hometown was full of coffee fields. But today, there’s just one tree left standing near my house. In the...